Every day of every week, people try and call me trying to sell something to LexBlog.  As a person working at a company, I appreciate people have products to sell and that this company is a target for those sales. I even admire the hard work of the people who keep calling despite having never gotten us to buy anything.  70% of the time, they have not even talked to a human.

What is boggling to me is the possible cost in trying to reach out to me.

Let’s look at an average day.  If I get on average about 10 calls per day from people attempting to sell me products like office supplies or financial services.  Each of those calls is pretty short, but let’s say the entire process takes 4 minutes. This includes calling our main number, explaining who they are, and convincing someone to transfer you to me.   This is what happens the first time.  Once they know who I am, they seem to quickly figure out how to get to me directly again and again.

Some quick math calculating 5 days a week of calls…

10 calls per day x 4 minutes per call x 5 days per week x 52 weeks a year / 60 minutes = 173.3 hours of calls a year.

Let’s say half of these are robocalls of some sort or are using technology that cuts all this effort in half.  That brings it down to 86 hours.  That still means that humans or human computer hybrids are spending over two work weeks trying to get in touch with me every year.  At minimum wage of $7.25 that is $628.33 worth of effort.  Even if we  quarter that figure, it is entirely too much effort.  Especially when after all these years the result has been negative.

I know how the math works on sales.  Just one person needs to pick up and buy to make a lot of this effort all worth it.  Still, it makes me depressed that I am on a list that is wasting so much time (both for the salesperson and for the people here at LexBlog).

Some company needs to make a list of not just people you CAN call, but people who are dead ends.  This will save salespeople’s times on jerks like me and reduce the amount of noise in the world.